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The Five Phases of the Writing Process (for any book or script)

I have found there are five distinct phases in the process of writing a book or script. I’ve written, and helped writers write, a lot of different projects in a … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Character Hierarchy: All Characters Might be Created Equal, but They Shouldn’t be in the Rewrite

Differentiating characters helps the reader read: “A” level characters have 3 dimensions, “B” level 2. It’s ok if the rest have only 1 dimension.

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Five Rides You Can Give Your Reader

Any good story gives the reader a ride. Usually, the sooner the reader knows what kind of ride they’re taking, the more they can relax and enjoy it. I’m not … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE WRITER’S TOOL KIT – Presentation & clinic at Story Expo LA, Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8am (!)

Q&A clinic demonstrating dozens of different writing techniques.

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The one book every English teacher needs to read

Originally posted on The English Corridor.:
Go to a scary place You can get along just fine without ever reading Hamlet.  Dulce et decorum est is just one of many…

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Beginning, Middle and End of “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

It’s the end of a wildly-successful Kickstarter campaign to finance production of this wildly-ambitious mega reference e-book for writers. The campaign ends this Saturday, July 11 at 8am p.s.t. so … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ultimate writer’s resource just got realer! Kickstarting this month: “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

The Compendium’s Kickstarter campaign is Popular in Publishing and Staff Pick at The campaign ends July 10, but don’t wait! – Pre-order the book today – Consider buying an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can Music Soothe the Savage Writer?

What music (if any) do you listen to while you’re writing? Nothing works for me as well as…

June 5, 2015 · 7 Comments

How Many Ways Can You Say Boo? 16 Horror Themes (from Iconic Pictures) + 1 or 2 More (from me)

At the outset of a project – and when you’re planning a rewrite – I think it’s good to ask yourself what the the project is about. What’s it really … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

TV Drama Breakdown: Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House by Sebastian Armbrust

Actually, the full title is… “Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House from Analyzing Storytelling Strategies in Serial Television Drama: Hybrid Structure and Functional Polyvalence in House M.D.” by Sebastian … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sometimes a Story is Plural: Use Vonnegut’s Axis to Develop Character Storylines

In case you’re not familiar with Vonnegut’s Axis, it’s a brilliant tool for analyzing stories that have already been written (see Vonnegut’s brilliant exegesis here), but I’ve just found a … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sample Writer’s Collaboration Agreement (New & Improved)

I recently was on a really interesting panel about collaboration at IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and some some issues came up that led me to revise my current … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

13 or 14 Reasons to Take Your Writing Onstage

After producing hundreds of comedy and spoken word shows and coaching other writers on their material and performance, I went onstage a few times last year to do it myself. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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